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Experience & discover Aachen
Some people say that the special feature of Aachen is its location in the border triangle Germany – the Netherlands - Belgium. Other people think it is Aachen Cathedral that attracts numerous visitors to the city. We say it is both – and many things more. But find out yourself what makes the most western metropolis in Germany so special. We are looking forward to your visit!
The best known building and at the same time the most popular sight of the city is Aachen Cathedral. The more than 1,200 years old cultural site is the last resting place of Charlemagne and the site of coronation of 30 German kings. Today Aachen Cathedral with its religious architecture annually attracts more than one million visitors. In 1978 it was registered as the first cultural site in Germany on the UNESCO-World Heritage List. Guided tours are available all over the year, which offer expert knowledge about the cathedral’s diverse history.
Don’t worry – the weather in Aachen is better than its reputation! During the last few years Aachen inhabitants could enjoy on average 1614 sunshine hours per year – consequently Aachen is the sunniest city across North-Rhine Westphalia. For rainy days we have composed some ideas for you here so that you can escape from the weather.
Aachen: the cathedral, the old city and the Elisenbrunnen fountain. Traditional-style and modern boutique cafés. Students, families, and people of all ages. The attractions our city has to offer are as varied as the city itself. We have made a small selection for you of places you must be sure to visit during your stay in “Oche”, as we call Aachen.
Aachen – European flair in the border triangle
When Dutch people mean Aachen, they say Aken. Our Belgian neighbours call it Aix-la-Chapelle. Aachen is the most western metropolis in Germany and it is directly located in the border region of Belgium and the Netherlands. The optimal location of the town – in the West of North-Rhine Westphalia, on the edge of the Eifel and the Hohe Venn and in the vicinity of the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Bonn – makes Aachen the perfect starting point for city trips and excursions into nature.